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will be the united states of america. >> romney made his concession speech before his supporters in boston. the loss ends a six-year quest for the presidency for the former massachusetts governor. he lost the republican nomination to john mccain in 2008. romney wished president obama well, but also noted the deep divide amongst the parties in washington and urged leaders to work together. >> the nation as you know is at a critical point. at a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. our lead verse to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. >> while the electoral college makes this win look far more decisive than the popular vote, that is just one of the quirks of the u.s. electoral voting system that many people worldwide have been learning about. 303, the number of delegates that he has to romney's 206. despite the very close popular vote, again, the electoral college votes make it much more decisive. florida remains a toss-up. clearly not going to make a difference to the overall outcome. 270, that was the number to reesm we knew once we started to get the
on election day. >> and we'll also head out to boston to find out what one strategist says the election will mean for wall street. no more debates, no more rallies, at least for, what, two weeks. president obama and mitt romney will leave their fate in the hands of u.s. voters today after a long and bitter campaign battle. national polls show obama and romney in a dead heat. although the president seems to have an edge in ohio. and tracie potts joins us live from cincinnati, ohio in the wee hours of the morning there. when do polls open, how important is ohio, and when will we start to get a sense of the outcome? >> reporter: the polls here in ohio open at 6:30 eastern time. so we have about 2 1/2 hours. this is one of the polling places, a local church here behind me. however important is ohio? for months we've been talking about ohio really sort of being a bellwether state, ohio being the most important battleground state. and that's because ohio has a history of choosing presidents, particularly cincinnati where i am, it's been described as really the biggest swing part of one of the
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